The Go-Go’s Belinda Carlisle Shares What Changed Her Retirement Decision

During a recent chat with AXS TV, The Go-Go’s Belinda Carlisle discussed how she decided to create a new solo record rather than go with her retirement decision.

In her five-song EP called ‘Kismet,’ Carlisle worked with Diane Warren. When asked how it was to collaborate with Warren, the singer replied:

“We clicked back in the ’80s when she wrote ‘I Get Weak.’ We feel like we’ve known each other for… I don’t know; we are just really familiar.”

Then, she shared how Diane changed her retirement decision:

“Of course, my son ran into her, and they called me. I was planning on sort of retiring, and she said, ‘Get down to the studio upstairs for you.’ You can’t say no to Diane. It’s impossible.

And then when I went to the studio, I was like, ‘Oh my God, this is amazing. Yes, I’ll do it.’ So that’s how that happened, and it was just like riding a bike like no time had passed at all.”

Not a long time ago, Carlisle joined another interview with Today and detailed her chance encounter with Warren, saying:

“My son went to a coffee shop in LA, and he saw Dianne Warren across the room, so he goes up, introduces himself, and she said, ‘Oh, my God – what is your mum doing? Let’s get her on the phone.’

I thought, do I really want to do this? But you don’t say no to Dianne Warren; that’s one thing you don’t do. I went down to the studio, and she played me ‘Big Big Love,’ and I fell in love instantly – I said, ‘Okay, let’s go.”‘

‘Kismet’ hit the shelves on May 12, 2023, marking the singer’s first English-language studio recording since 1997. All five songs in the EP were written by Diane Warren, who also worked with Carlisle in her 1987 album, ‘Heaven on Earth.’ She will support the album with her upcoming North American tour, which starts on July 1.

Below, you can watch her interview and listen to the entire album.